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Imagine a band that faces the kind of trajectory usually posited as a hard-luck story, a series of events that goes a little something like this: First, they drop a name-making debut that winds up becoming both one of the most acclaimed, hardest-to-follow first efforts by any group of an entire decade, and the last… More »

In a way, it’s cosmically appropriate that Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) came out on the same day as a Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders. (R. Kelly’s 12 Play also came out on that day, but I only have so many of these 20th-anniversary posts in me.) In retrospect, Enter TheMore »

In today’s Listomania, we unveil our favorite 10 bands who have a member that doesn’t play or do anything, and that’s no intended sleight to these critical players, whether they be hypemen, “vibes managers,” or just token old dudes to round out a musical family. Honorable mention goes out to Broken Social Scene’s fourth guitar… More »

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Check Out Marvel Comics Versions Of Classic Hip-Hop Album Covers

Earlier this year, a few Marvel Comics issues worked Run The Jewels’ fist-and-gun logo into their covers. Now, Marvel is diving even deeper into the world of hip-hop with a series of over 50 variant covers inspired by various classic and contemporary rap albums. “For years, Marvel Comics and hip-hop culture have been engaged i… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 14, 2015 - 10:14 pm

Watch Jack White Perform With Q-Tip At MSG

Jack White brought out Q-Tip during the encore of his show at Madison Square Garden last night to do a few songs. Q came out for the back half of White’s Lazaretto track “That Black Bat Licorice,” and then performed A Tribe Called Quest’s “Excursions.” Watch video from the show and check out a setlist… More »

By: James Rettig / January 31, 2015 - 9:14 am

Joey Bada$$ – “No. 99″

Joey Bada$$ built his entire career on nostalgia for early ’90s New York hip-hop, but the motif that felt exciting circa 2012 debut mixtape 1999 was wearing thin by the time Summer Knights rolled around the following summer. He sounds invigorated on “No. 99,” the latest single from his official debut album B4.DA.$$, perhaps because… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 8, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Q-Tip Developing Auto-Biographical TV Series With Leonardo DiCaprio & Jonah Hill

The Native Tongues movement of the late ’80s and early ’90s was an exciting time for hip-hop, a new infusion of eccentric (and Afrocentric!) ideas that helped evolve rap toward the positive and the abstract. Now the Abstract himself, Q-Tip, is in the works to produce a TV show about the era with help from… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 10, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Kanye Announces Rescheduled Yeezus Tour Dates

Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour has been on blocks since Halloween, when news broke regarding a truck crash that destroyed a custom video truss and a 60-foot circular LED screen that were essential to the production. The good news is the tour is set to get back on track with re-routed dates starting next Saturday 11/16… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 6, 2013 - 2:11 pm

A Tribe Called Quest Announce Final Shows Supporting Kanye West

This fall’s forthcoming Yeezus tour was already looking like a monster, with Kanye West headlining and Kendrick Lamar on board as well. (Kendrick has reportedly been working with Flying Lotus on his part of the show, which makes an already-exciting thing even more exciting.) And now the mythic Queens rap crew a Tribe Called Quest… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 16, 2013 - 4:12 pm

The Low End Theory Turns 20

Until I saw Q-Tip’s tweet from last week, I hadn’t put together that Nevermind came out the same day as The Low End Theory. How thematically convenient! Both records spawned dozens of imitators and, in general, changed the prevalent direction of rock music and rap music. Q-Tip and Phife’s interplay was never crisper, and it… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 26, 2011 - 1:44 pm

Watch Kanye Play Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest

This past weekend, Q-Tip’s headlining set at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival became a cameo-heavy stage party, with everyone from Bustah Rhymes to Monie Love to, most bloggably, Kanye West grabbing mics and giving the crowd moments hold on to. Ye did three of his — “Dark Fantasy,” “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” and “All of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 19, 2011 - 4:43 pm

Time’s All-Time 100 Albums

The music mavens at the venerable Time magazine have compiled their list of the “ALL-TIME 100″ albums — unranked and broken down by decade. We’re not sure what’s better: that only five albums of the past five years are among their 100 greatest, or that four of those five were by people who were deadMore »

By: Stereogum / November 14, 2006 - 6:22 pm